South Korea performs missile drill

"They [the US] should do more to find effective ways to resume dialogue and negotiation", he told reporters.

"We strongly urge the Democratic People's Republic of Korea's (DPRK) to cease all provocations immediately, and reiterate our long-standing call for the DPRK to abide by its global obligations and commitments", the Ministry said, referring to North Korea by its official name. "Unfortunately, it has not moved the process any further", the senator said as quoted by his press service.

"The launching drill was conducted with the aim at calming down the belligerence of the United States which has recently cried out for using military muscle against North Korea, and at bolstering up operation capability for attack and counterattack to counter it with swift and powerful military counteraction, examining the order to deal with nuclear warheads and confirming action procedure of actual war", said North Korea's official Korean Central News Agency (KCNA).

Singapore has condemned North Korea's latest ballistic missile test on Friday (Sep 15), calling it a "dangerous and brazen provocation".

But the Chinese government has pushed back against the notion that it has any control over Pyongyang, and says it is the United States that should be doing more.

This is while White House National Security Adviser H.R. McMaster warned that Washington was running out of patience for diplomatic solutions, noting, "For those. who have been commenting on a lack of a military option, there is a military option".

However, North Korea warned Washington on Monday against a new round of sanctions and said its retaliatory measures "will cause the USA the greatest pain and suffering it had ever gone through in its entire history".

The Pan-Asian Committee on Emerging Measures (CPME) against the Anti-Nuclear War Drills considered that the implementtio of the THAAD is an "open challenge" to the North Korean people and government, stepping up tensions on the peninsula. According to the US and South Korean military, the missile was launched from the Pyongyang area.

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